Repossession attempt becomes physical
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Three people allegedly at a Womack Drive residence to repossess a truck ended up in jail after the encounter turned physical.

Sunday morning, a Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputy met with Dennis Ray and Tara Wheeler who said they were at the home to repossess a 1994 Ford F150 but the resident told them to leave. According to the report, Ray provided a copy of a title and had a no writ to repossess the truck in hand.

Ray said the pair had backed into the driveway, hooked the F150 to their 1992 Chevrolet and started to pull out of the driveway. Ray was in the Ford to steer the vehicle, according to the report, and Jack Hyde Jr. was driving the Chevy. When the resident blocked the driveway with his Lincoln Town Car, Hyde stopped the Chevy but Ray did not stop the Ford, causing damage to the front bumper and grill.

Hyde said he got out of the truck and went to the resident, saying, “Move your car or I’ll get my stick and beat your [expletive].”

While speaking with the resident, the deputy reported he was cut and bleeding from beneath his right eye. The man said he called 911 immediately when the Chevy backed into his driveway because his wife was telling the trio to leave. In the report, the man stated he was in the Lincoln attempting to block the driveway when Hyde got out of the truck and came to the car’s window, threatening to get a gun and shoot the resident.

The victim said he got out of the car and Hyde came back with an ax handle and struck him in the upper left side and in the stomach while saying, “Move your car.”

The resident’s wife corroborated the man’s story, saying she had told the three to leave repeatedly and Wheeler had pushed her and said, “Get out of the way, [expletive].”

Hyde was arrested and charged with battery and criminal trespass. Ray and Wheeler were arrested and charged with criminal trespass.

Man falls through window in struggle with police

Suffering minor injuries, one man was arrested Saturday night after struggling with deputies and falling through a hotel window.

Deputies were called to a bar on Carson Loop just after 11 p.m. Saturday because William Ruark had become irate and was causing damage, the owner said. According to the owner, Ruark became upset after his girlfriend vomited on the floor and the owner advised Ruark to clean it up.

Ruark allegedly picked up his birthday cake and threw it across the floor and then went outside and threw a small table through a glass window. The deputy observed the cake on the ground, partially cleaned up, and the broken glass window with a small table lying nearby.

A witness said Ruark had been drinking and became upset over his girlfriend vomiting, began yelling and threw the table before leaving headed toward Cass-White Road.

While speaking with the witness, the deputy saw Ruark driving by with a second deputy stopping the man.

The responding deputy made contact with Ruark at the secondary location, reporting Ruark smelled of alcohol with slurred speech and staring at the deputy in a “defensive demeanor.”

When the deputy attempted to handcuff Ruark, he jerked away, shoved the deputy in the chest and attempted to flee, running directly into the second deputy.

According to the report, when the deputy attempted to detain Ruark, the man began swinging his arms as though trying to strike the deputy. Both deputies struggled to detain Ruark who continued to try to flee. As Ruark tried to run, according to the report, the secondary deputy grabbed his shoulders from behind, but Ruark went forward and stumbled into a pane glass window of a hotel room, causing it to shatter. The responding deputy grabbed the other deputy’s shoulder to keep him from going through the window, and in turn, the second deputy pulled Ruark back to keep him from falling all the way through the shattered window.

EMS was called to treat minor lacerations to Ruark’s head and right hand. He was transported to Cartersville Medical Center for further treatment, where a doctor on duty advised the deputy Ruark’s blood lab indicated the presence of alcohol and amphetamine use.

Ruark was arrested and charged with two counts of felony obstruction of an officer, driving under the influence, disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property in the second degree and criminal trespass.